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Arrest made in IED case

8/19/2012

By The Hays Daily News

A Wisconsin man has been arrested in connection with the investigation of an improvised explosive device discovered in the 100 block of West 10th on Friday morning in downtown Hays.

Steven Wright, 22, Rice Lake, Wis., was arrested on suspicion of criminal use of explosives, possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. According to a press release from the Hays Police Department, Wright is being held on an out-of-county warrant.

"The initial investigation indicates this was an isolated incident of an individual using extremely poor judgment," the press release said.

The scene was cordoned off at 1 a.m. Friday, when an IED was discovered in a vehicle during a traffic stop after a pickup was driving the wrong way on a one-way street. During the traffic stop, the officer observed a possible explosive device inside the vehicle. A portion of the downtown area was blocked off, and Kansas Highway Patrol's Hazardous Device Unit was notified; it determined the item was an improvised explosive device.

Just after 9 a.m. Friday, Hays Chief of Police Don Scheibler said the item was removed from the area and taken to a safe location, where it was dismantled. The area was reopened to the public.